Semiconductor giants say operations little affected by earthquake

Taipei--Taiwan's two leading semiconductor foundries said their operations in Tainan were affected only to a minimal degree by an strong earthquake that struck the city early Saturday.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) said that it had to evacuate personnel working in its clean rooms to the dining area during the earthquake, which occurred at 1:12 a.m., and executives at the TSMC plant in The Southern Taiwan Science Park were called back.

Some personnel were called back to the plant to provide support but the company did not expect anything other than minor effects on its production.

TSMC, headquartered in Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park in northern Taiwan, is the world's largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry.

United Microelectronics Corporation also said that its operations were not badly affected by the magnitude 5.6 earthquake.

At one point, the earthquake left more than 50,000 households without electricity.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 12.2 kilometers to the southwest of the Tainan City Hall at a depth of 18.4 kilometers, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

An intensity of 6 was felt in Tainan, a city with a population of 1.88 million where a magnitude 6.6 earthquake on Feb. 6, 2016 toppled a 16-story residential building in the city's Yongkang District, leaving 115 people dead and dozens more injured.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel